Unprepared for this hot weather? These are the sites that will help you get out of a sticky fix

Who would have thought? From a seriously subdued spring we've stormed like paratroopers into a super hot summer. Clearly we're not prepared, clothes, fans, air conditioning units, paddling pools, what else might you need? Fear not, we've rounded up the essential items just in time for the weekend.

ASPIGA


Looking for kikoys, embroidered kaftans or leather beaded sandals? Scroll over to Aspiga, a much-loved ethical UK site selling an effortlessly chic and handmade range of African accessories. What’s more, Aspiga fights poverty through fair trade and ask that all their suppliers pay their staff fair wages.

FINLAY & CO


Yes, it’s time. The sun’s out and new sunglasses are in order and your first port of call has got to be Finlay & Co, one of the smartest glasses sites on the net. Finlay recently opened a very cool concept store in Soho London but if the heat is getting to you, shop online from the comfort of your home.

SPACE NK


Let’s not beat around the bush. The sun has potentially life-threatening rays, which is why our generation takes sunscreen so seriously. You can trust SPACE NK, that beacon of all good skincare creams, to have a good choice in sunscreens. Our favourite? It’s got to be Ultrasun All Day protection.

COCO BAY


Need a stylish swimsuit, and need it fast. Coco Bay makes buying luxury beachwear easy. Order before 2pm for next day delivery. With mix-and-match swimwear, kaftans, activewear and accessories from top designers like Seafolly and Banana Moon, they have everything you’ll ever need to pull off beach chic.

BEACH CAFE


Have you seen Melissa Odabash’s 2018 collection? You need to. And don’t get us started on the new Seafolly bikinis! Scroll to Beach Café, a trendsetting beachwear online boutique that claims to have the widest selection of beachwear in the UK. It certainly covers every eventuality, with its collection of designer swimsuits, bikinis, kaftans and summer dresses, as well as sunglasses, hats and sandals.

THE BASKET COMPANY


Our love affair with wicker baskets shows no sign of abating, especially as picnic season hits. The Basket Company revels in storage with a myriad of baskets on offer in various materials. Storage Baskets, laundry baskets, baskets for beauty products, desk tidies, baskets for bikes, hampers and picnic baskets sit alongside stalwart shopping baskets.

SMYTHS TOYS


Are you garden ready for a heatwave? It’s too hot to shop on the high street so look online. From paddling pools to metal frame children’s swimming pools and water slides, Smyths Toys is the site to scroll to. They sell popular brands like Little Tikes and Intex.

ETSY


And finally for those of you sitting at home, what you really need is a beautiful vintage desk fan. Check out the range on Etsy, for a retro look that will seriously cool your brow.

UPDATED JULY 2018